Fall Foliage

The scarlet leaves flutter from their skeletal branches, which I observe with half an eye whilst I leaf through yet another book.  So, because it is fall, I shall offer a series of reviews with the theme of scarlet.  I begin with that Puritan classic, The Scarlet Letter.

Nathaniel Hawthorne did an excellent job writing The Scarlet Letter.  His writing style was not in the least dry (a constant consideration with me), nor was this book overly long, being only some two hundred and seventy pages.

I suppose The Scarlet Letter provides a reasonable amount of insight into Puritan behavior- I’ve read non-fiction accounts of them that would seem to justify this assumption.  The book is smooth reading, and it is full of colorful description.

It is also decent, which you would perhaps not expect, given the subject matter.  But it is, and there are few drawbacks to this book, though perhaps the fact that few of the characters are even remotely likeable is certainly one!



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